Getting into Focus
“Cocoon,” a photograph by Anna Kerr-Carpenter ’17, won the Dyke Alumni Award during
the 30th annual Juried Student Art Exhibition and BFA/BA Senior Art Exhibits. Calling
the photo a “self-portrait of sorts,” Kerr-Carpenter is underneath the blanket. The
photo represents the desire “to crawl into a cocoon of blankets away from the world
when things get stressful or scary, but always re-emerging renewed, like a butterfly,”
Kerr-Carpenter said of her inspiration in setting up the shot.
As head carpenter for The Beatles LOVE, Ben Stephenson ’00 creates astonishing new
audience experiences that keep the Las Vegas favorite flying high.
Playing to Win
IWU Wind Ensemble hits high note with prestigious American Prize.
A Basketball World
Jac Jemc ’05 developed her award-winning first novel as an IWU student. With a new
book set for release by a major publisher, she reflects on setbacks and successes
in a famously tough business.
Life in Motion
Guest choreographer Jessica Deahr ’04 stretches Illinois Wesleyan dance students to
Vera (Leopold) Miller ’05 organized a campaign to send handwritten cards to each of
IWU’s 161 international students expressing encouragement and pride in their accomplishment.
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Bringing Ideas to Life
Treating design, technology, and entrepreneurship equally, a new major equips IWU
students with skills to tackle real-world problems and bring new products and services
to the marketplace.
A Day to Remember
As Mother Nature delivered a picture-perfect day for Commencement 2017, some 400 graduates
and their guests honored venerated traditions and toasted new beginnings.
After recovering from a paralyzing fall, Sam Porritt '84 launched a foundation to
help others with debilitating conditions and limited health insurance to get the rehavilitation
therapy they need.
Curiosity and What to Make of It
According to Prof. Mafazy, "You don’t have to be an anthropologist to let your curiosity
about different ways of being in the world take you on little journeys of discovery."
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